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Grim Facade: Monster in Disguise - Review

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Name: Grim Facade: Monster in Disguise Collector's Edition
Release Date: 20 May 2016
Developer: ERS Game Studios

While the storyline in Grim Facade: Monster in Disguise is definitely not new, a bit overused even, it balances between a suspenseful detective thriller and a paranormal investigation perfectly. The game also features just the right amount violence and gore to keep us on our toes, at the same time, not being too disturbing.

We also feel like the visuals have also improved in this installment of the long-running Grim Facade. Although the locations are not particularly creative in terms of the design, they all look really great. The visual effects were used effectively to set the mood and build suspense, and all the elements in each scene were very well-drawn. Further, the cutscenes look unexpectedly spectacular in this sequel - kudos to the art team at ERS! On the other hand, the audio was not that impressive. We found the voice-overs to be a tad cheesy and over-the-top, and the soundtracks to be quite dull.

Personally, we don't think this game belongs in the Grim Facade family. It certainly contains some horror elements which serve as the core of this series, but somehow this installment does not possess the charm that some of its predecessors had. Anyway, Grim Facade: Monster in Disguise is undeniably solid when it comes to the gameplay. The adventure is neither too easy nor too confusing, the hidden object scenes are well-built and fun and the puzzles are the highlights. Unlike most of the puzzles in a typical ERS-G's game, the puzzles in this game are surprisingly innovative. Moreover, many of them are challenging without being unnecessarily time-consuming.

As expected from a Collector's Edition, Grim Facade: Monster in Disguise comes with a number of extra features - a strategy guide, wallpapers, screensavers, concept art, soundtracks, cutscenes, replayable mini-games, replayable hidden objects, achievements and collectibles. As for the bonus chapter, it provides an enjoyable extra hour.

Grim Facade: Monster in Disguise does not take any huge risks, but it is still a convincing paranormal mystery.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars


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